Graduate Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 24 August 2018
It was a good university to study at. I did my PhD study over there at McDonal Campus. The problem is that it is outside of the city and took half an hour up to one hour of communication if you would like to live in downtown Montreal. Apart from that, the department was perfect.
McGill University is a great place to work! However, in many departments there tends to be poor management. I had the good fortune of being part of several years of an excellent senior administration, but left at a time when that all changed when a new administration was mandated and began breaking down the wonderful dynamics created by their predecessors. It was sad to see how a workplace so positive, and unbroken, can change to become a more hostile and negative work place. Unfortunately it takes several years for the board to be aware of the unqualified people they've placed in charge of these units, and good employees leave before something is done to improve or eliminate these individuals. But I had several great years there, and I will always remember those.
Many to mention, but summer Fridays, less than 30-hour work week, decent salary and great benefits
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 9 August 2018
Amazing work environment with great facilities. People working here are kind and helpful. The cultural diversity is amazing and the collaboration with different institutions create a better network. I really enjoy spending my time working here.
As a PhD researcher , my day is mostly spent doing experiments at the lab, in addition to the courses required for the program completion. With proper planning, I was able to attend the various information sessions, workshops offered by student services or career planning services.
There are a lot of issues due to too many managers. No one can make a decision and communication is difficult. Not a lot of opportunity for personal/career growth and no encouragement on behalf of the managers.
I worked here for only three months so it is difficult for me to give a very accurate description of my responsibilities. I was an Office Aide and in that capacity, I managed an office in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. I love Health and Fitness so I really enjoyed working here. I learned how to archive files and where old files go to be digitized and/or shredded. Because it was summer, the workload was light. There was little pressure to meet deadlines and not many co-workers to interact with.